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Posted: Dec 19 2017, 06:59 PM
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Cabinet reshuffle: WA MP Christian Porter promoted to Attorney-General
Jennifer Jennings and Daniel McCulloch Tuesday, 19 December 2017 1:23PM
Christian Porter has been named as Australia’s new Attorney-General after cabinet reshuffle.
INFRASTRUCTURE Minister Darren Chester has been dumped in a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle by Malcolm Turnbull, making way for little-known Queensland backbenchers.
The prime minister on Tuesday confirmed Attorney-General George Brandis is standing down and will head to London to take over as UK High Commissioner.
West Australian Christian Porter will take his place as attorney-general, with Michaelia Cash promoted to become the new Minister for Jobs and Innovation.
First-term Queensland Nationals MP David Littleproud has been parachuted straight into cabinet to oversee the agriculture portfolio.
His colleague John McVeigh - a former Newman state government minister - joins him to look after regional development and local government.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce takes Mr Chester’s portfolio of infrastructure and transport, with his new deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie assuming responsibility for sport, rural health and regional communications.
Mr Chester said politics could be a tough business and described the experience of being dumped as “character building”.
Mr Joyce had offered him an assistant ministry but he turned it down.
“Naturally, I’m disappointed by the leader of the Nationals’ decision to exclude me from his cabinet team,” Mr Chester said.
“But life goes on and I will continue to support the Turnbull government.”
The prime minister thanked Mr Chester and said cabinet would continue to call on his wisdom.
“It’s a ministry that showcases the depth of the Liberal and National team, with well-earned promotions for talented individuals, and a number of young and upcoming MPs bringing new skills and energy to the frontbench,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney.
He later said the composition of the ministry had to take into account “matters of geography” and Mr Joyce had insisted Mr Chester, a Victorian, make way for more Queenslanders given a large proportion of the Nationals party room comes from the sunshine state.
Mr Turnbull also praised the distinguished service of Senator Brandis, who he will recommend replace Alexander Downer in London.
“I hope ... that George’s public service to our nation is not over.”
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten criticised the promotion of Senator Cash given recent controversy surrounding her office’s involvement in AFP raids on unions, and accused Mr Turnbull of “anti-Tasmanian bias” after the island state was left off the cabinet map.
Mr Shorten argued the Liberal and National parties had a “women’s problem” after overall female representation in cabinet did not grow in the reshuffle.
“They really now need to start speaking up for half the population and giving half the population proper representation in the parliamentary party,” he told reporters in Canberra.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will become Leader of the Senate and also take over responsibility as Special Minister of State.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham receives a small promotion to add Manager of Government Business in the Senate to his role.
A new home affairs portfolio will be overseen in the new year by Peter Dutton and he will be assisted by a new Minister for Citizenship, Alan Tudge, and Angus Taylor as Law Enforcement Minister.
Previous justice minister Michael Keenan swaps that hat for human services, with Dan Tehan taking over from Mr Porter in social services.
Michael McCormack takes on veterans affairs.
Arthur Sinodinos won’t be returning to the cabinet table, with his cancer treatment taking longer than anticipated.
What was the saying about shuffling deck chairs? Mind you, Bill Shorten's criticism is predictable. It's surprising he didn't go further and complain that the alphabet people weren't adequately represented. Whatever happened to selection according ability as opposed to gender, state based and any other "progressive" criteria?
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." - Winston Churchill
Posted: Dec 19 2017, 10:43 PM
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